Angela A. Aidala
Angela A. Aidala, Ph.D., is a social scientist with extensive experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing field-based research utilizing both qualitative and quantitative data collection methodologies. Dr. Aidala's primary interest is the intersection of economic, social, and cultural influences on health and illness especially among disadvantaged populations. Her recent recent work has focused on research, teaching, and service delivery strategies to work effectively with hard to reach or ‘hidden’ populations in urban settings including the homeless, mentally ill, substance users, runaway or street youth and/or persons living with HIV/AIDS. She is commited to applied public health and action research - working with policy makers, practioners, and advocates to bring social research to bear on social change. Since 1989, Dr. Aidala has been on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia Universitry in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and prior to that was on the faculty of Rutgers University.
Dr. Aidala is currently Co-Director of the federally funded Evaluation Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) at Columbia which provides evaluation research assistance to community based organizations throughout the nation who have received demonstration grants for innovative HIV service delivery programs serving difficult-to-reach clients and those with multiple needs. She directs the Multiple Diagnoses Initiative (MDI), working with housing providers to better understand the reciprocal relationship between housing and health care among persons living with HIV/AIDS who also struggle with mental illness and/or chronic substance abuse problems. She also directs a collaborative project involving CDC and HUD to examine the relationship between homelessness and HIV risk behaviors, and risk reduction associated with providing housing and related services. Dr. Aidala is Co-Principal Investigator and Study Director of the ongoing Community Health Advisory Information Network (CHAIN) project which has provided a range of research and evaluation services for New York City’s Title I Health and Human Services Planning Council.
Jose Luis Ambite
Jose Luis Ambite is a Senior Research Scientist at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and at the Digital Government Research Center, a joint effort of the University of Southern California and Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 1998. His Ph.D. dissertation focussed in general planoptimization techniques, which were applied to query optimization in the SIMS and Ariadne mediator systems as a special case. His research interests include information integration, automated planning,databases, and knowledge representation. He has published over thirty articles, book chapters, and conference papers on planning and information integration. He has served as program committee member for the First National Conference for Digital Government Research(dg.o2001), the International Conference on AI Planning and Scheduling (AIPS-2000), and the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence(ECAI-2000) Workshopon Local Search for Planning & Scheduling, and as reviewer for the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI-2002), the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2001, 1999), Autonomous Agents (2000, 1998),AIPS-1998, for NASA's Intelligent Systems program, and for prestigious journals such as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research,Constraints, the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and the ACM Transactions on Database Systems.
Dr. Yigal Arens is Director of the Intelligent Systems Division of the University of Southern California's Information Science Institute, located in Marina del Rey, California, USA, and Co-director of DGRC, the USC/Columbia University Digital Government Research Center.
Dr. Arens received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His primary research interests have been digital government, information integration, planning in the domain of information servers, knowledge representation, and human-machine communication. In 1983, he joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. He joined USC's Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) in 1987, where he first worked on the Integrated Interfaces project, a multimedia presentation design system combining text, tables, maps, and other graphics. For almost ten years he headed the SIMS (Single Interface to Multiple Sources) research group specializing in integration of heterogeneous databases and other information sources. He has been Co-Director of the DGRC and the Director of the Intelligent Systems Division, one of the largest Artificial Intelligence research labs in the US, since 1999.
Christine L. Borgman
Christine L. Borgman holds the Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. She is a Professor in the Department of Information Studies and in the Communication Studies Program at UCLA, and is aVisiting Professor in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University in England. She was Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science (since renamed Department of Information Studies) from 1995 to 1997. Her teaching and research interests include digital libraries, human-computer interaction, information-seeking behavior, learning in science, scholarly communication, electronic publishing, bibliometrics, and information technology policy. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P.Sloan Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Council on Library Resources, the British Library, and UCLA sources, including the Center for European and Russian Studies, International and OverseasPrograms, Center for the Study of Women, and the Academic Senate.
Dr. Walter Bourne is Assistant Director of Academic Information Systems, head of its Research Computing Support group, and advisor to the Electronic Data Service. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1976. He has worked with social science data and users for 30 years. His interests include analysis of computer and network performance, computer-assisted data finding and retrieval, and the automated application of existing meta-information and intermediary expertise to these tasks. Dr. Bourne co-developed Columbia's online numerical data search and retrieval "DataGate" engine. ("Providing access to a data library: SQL and full-text IRmethods of automatically generating web structure," Lynn Jacobsen,David Millman, Walter Bourne, [Electronic Proceedings of the SecondWorld Wide Web Conference '94: Mosaic and the Web, 1994]). He hasserved on various groups involved in analyzing online information use including, Digital Government Research Center, Columbia University,"Planning Workshop on Measures for Electronic Resources (E-Metrics), "Association of Research Libraries, February, 2000; "Workshop on SocialScience Data," Digital Library Federation, January, 1999; "ColumbiaUniversity Digital Library Strategic Planning, Task Forces on Scholarly Content and Technology" (1996-1997); and the Advisory Board, "OnLine Books (OLB)" project, Columbia University Libraries,1995-1999. Dr. Bourne is a consultant to the public polling and sports rating units of the New York Times (1987-present)
Ernie Boyko is the Director of the Library and Information Centre at Statistics Canada. Part of his responsibilities includes overseeing the work of the Data Liberation Initiative, a project which he helped to launch six years ago. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Agriculture Economics from the University of Manitoba and joined the then Dominion Bureau of Statistics in 1969. During his career, he has held a number of directorships including Agriculture, Corporate Planning, Electronic Publishing, and Census Operations for the 1991 Census. He is active in anumber of groups that focus on the development of international metadata standards and promote data preservation and use. He is an active member of the Canadian Association of Public Data Users and the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology.
Larry Brandt is a Program Director for the Digital Government Division of Experimental and Integrative Activities, with the National Science Foundation. Through NSF, Larry is involved in the Digital Government Consortium, which is intended to facilitate awareness of Information Technology to increase agency efficiency and service to citizens. His research interests include Data Integration, and micro-data statistics.
Cynthia Clark is Associate Director for Methodology and Standards at the Census Bureau. In this position she provides leadership in the application of sound statistical methodology and in continuous improvement of Census Bureau products and processes. Prior to coming to the Census Bureau in 1996, she spent six years at the National Agricultural Statistics Service as division director for research and survey operations. Cynthia has a M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University. She participates actively in ASA, WSS, ISI, IASS, and AAPOR, having served in various leadership roles. She was the 2000-2001 president of the Washington Statistical Society Chapter of ASA. She was 98 chair of the ASA Government Statistics Section, a member of the InterCASIC '96 Planning Committee and an editor of the conference monograph. She was an Associate Editor of The American Statistician. From 1989-1992, she was co-chair of the WSS Agricultural and Natural Resources Section; and from 1985-1990, chair of the ASA Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality, initiating the development of the brochure "Surveys and Privacy." She is an active member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, chairing the subcommittee producing the working paper, "Training for the Future: Addressing Tomorrow's Survey Tasks." She initiated planning for the 99 and 01 FCSM Research Conferences. Her professional interests include survey and census methodology, operations, and research; economic and agricultural statistics; federal statistical issues; CASIC and survey technologies;privacy and confidentiality issues; time series; and statistical education.
Fred Conrad is the senior research psychologist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). He works primarily on issues in the cognitive aspects ofsurvey measurement which includes usability of software for collecting and disseminating BLS data. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from theUniversity of Chicago in 1986 and was a post-doctoral research associate at Carnegie-Mellon University from 1986-9. Fred worked in the Artificial Intelligence Research Group at Digital Equipment Corporation from 1989-91.He has been at BLS since 1991. He will shortly be going to the University of Michigan.
Peter Davis is a graduate student in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. He went to Haverford, a small Quaker college a little bit west of Philadelphia, and graduated in 1996. In 1998, he entered the Second Majors Program of Columbia University, and then entered the Master's Degree Program in Computer Science of the School of Engineering, also at Columbia. In October, 2001, he received a Master's Degree from Columbia, and is currently working within the Natural Language Processing Group with an interest in Digital Libraries.
Sharon Dawes is the Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York, an applied research center devoted to effective public sector information strategies. As Director, Dr. Dawes is responsible for programs, projects, and public-private-academic partnerships which encourage innovation, reduce risks, and enhance the quality and coordination of government operations and public services. The Center is a 1995 Innovations in American Government Award winner. Before coming to the Center, she was Executive Director of the New York State Forum for Information Resource Management and Associate Commissioner at the NYS Department of Social Services.
Dr. Dawes teaches in the information science and public administration programs at the University and has written articles, research reports, and case studies focusing on information strategy, management, and policy in the public sector. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the State of New York, and the US Department of Justice. Dr. Dawes was recognized by Governing Magazine as a 1997 "Public Official of the Year. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.
Junyan Ding is a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, working under the supervision of Prof. Ken Ross. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1996 and Master's degree in 1998 from Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Recent papers include: 'Computing Geographic Scopes of Web Resources', athe the 26th Annual Conference of Very Large Databases.
Cathryn S. Dippo
Cathryn Dippo is the Associate Commissioner for Survey Methods Research, for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Her team focuses on fostering research that will further our goal of creating a National Statistical Information Infrastructure. Over the past few years, they have established partnerships with a number of academic researchers who have competed for research grants from NSF's Digital Government Program.
David Epstein is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and has also taught at Harvard and Stanford Universities. He received an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in Political Economics from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Professor Epstein is the author of Delegating Powers (Cambridge University Press), as well as over 20 articles in leading journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and International Organization, with consulting engagements at the Pew Foundation, the State Failure Task Force, and the World Bank. His fields of study include game theory, elections, internet voting, majority-minority districting, and the politics of globalization.
Steven Feiner is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University in 1987. His research interests include virtual environments and augmented reality, knowledge-based design of graphics and multimedia, information visualization, wearable computing, and hypermedia. Prof. Feiner is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice (Addison-Wesley, 1990) and of Introduction to Computer Graphics (Addison-Wesley, 1993). He is an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics, has served on the executive boards of theIEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics, and the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Human-Centered Information Systems, and is a member of the steering committees for the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, the IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Augmented Reality, and the IEEE Symposium on Wearable Computers. Over the past year, he has been general chair of IEEE Information Visualization 2001, symposium co-chair of the IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Augmented Reality 2001, and program co-chair of the International Symposium on Mixed Reality 2001. In 1991 he received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.
Nicole Fox works as a User Services Consultant for theAcademic Information Systems (AcIS) Research Computing Group at Columbia University. Specifically, she acts as a data and statistical applications consultant for the Columbia University Electronic Data Service (EDS) and assist AcIS with the licensing of some software applications
Ann Green is the director of Social Science Research Services and Statistical Laboratory at Yale where she coordinates social science research and instructional technologies, facilities, and services. She has been at Yale since 1989, following a career in data archives at UC Berkeley and Cornell University. Her professional interests focus upon the delivery, preservation, and management of social science statistical resources. She has participated in the development of standards for social science metadata through the Data Documentation Initiative and co-authored the DDI Tag Library. She is president of IASSIST and sits on numerous advisory committees for US and international data initiatives. Ann is Chair of the Executive Council of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.
Valerie Gregg is a Program Manager for the Digital Government Division of Experimental and Integrative Activities, with the National Science Foundation. Prior to her time with NSF, Valerie was a member of the Joint Ventures Project with the Census Bureau. Her work included involvement with the 'Tiger Mapping Service', a Coast to Coast Digital Map base which was designed and implemented to demonstrate cost efficient delivery of public data and research and development of the Census Bureau applications on the Internet.
Carol A. Hert
Carol A. Hert is on the faculty of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on information seeking behavior and its relationship to design of systems. For the last several years she has been involved in a variety of evaluations of websites with a particular focus on user-focussed evaluation techniques. Her work on statistical information systems has been funded by NSF and the Bureaus of Labor Statistics and the Census.
Eduard Hovy heads the Natural Language Group at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and is a research associate professor of the Computer Science Departments of USC and ofthe University of Waterloo in Canada. His research focuses on automatedtext summarization, machine translation, automated question answering,multilingual information retrieval, and the semi-automated constructionof large lexicons and terminology banks. He is the author or co-editor of five books and over 100 technical articles. In 2001 Dr. Hovy served as President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and in 2001-03 as President of the International Association of MachineTranslation (IAMT). Dr. Hovy regularly co-teaches a course in theMaster's Degree Program in Computational Linguistics at the Universityof Southern California, as well as occasional short courses on MT and other topics at universities and conferences.
At Columbia University, Klavans directs the Center for Research on Information Access at the University Libraries, which is responsible for linking theoretical computer science research with operational applications such as digital libraries and digital government. She is a principal investigator in several large projects, including the PERSIVAL medical digital library, the Digital Government Research Center, and the TIDES multilingual summarization project. She is responsible for library-computer science interactions and for industry partnerships for the PERSIVAL project. Prior to arriving at Columbia, Klavans spent nearly ten years at the T.J. Watson IBM Research Division, where her work included extracting information from machine-readable dictionaries, building bilingual aligned phrasal dictionaries, and text-to-speech. She also served on the IBM-Academic funding committee to grant funding for educational projects.
Klavans focuses her research on computational linguistics and natural language processing (NLP). She is currently working on ways to analyze both monolingual and multilingual texts and to link meaningful segments via semantic nets and syntactic structure. She has worked on linguistic and statistical methods for extracting and linking bilingual phrasal verbs from corpora. She holds a Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of London, where she completed a dissertation on language variation across five typologically distinct language families including Cairene Egytpian Arabic, Pashto, Ngiyambaa (Australia), French and English. She then completed an interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in Linguistics and Computer Science.
Gary Marchionini is Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at theUniversity of North Carolina where he teaches courses in human-information interaction, interface design and testing, and digital libraries. His Ph.D. is from Wayne State University in mathematics education with an emphasis on educational computing. He was previously professor in the College of Library and Information Services at the University of Maryland and a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory. He heads the Interaction Design Laboratory at SILS.
He is the PI for a collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation,Citizen Access to Government Statistical Data. He leads the development of a digital video repository, The Open Video Project and is PI for a NSF-funded project to develop and test interfaces for video retrieval and browsing (Agile Views for video browsing: Advanced surrogates, control mechanisms, and usability). He was PI for a U.S. Department of Education Challenge Grant project, the Baltimore Learning Community. He served for ten years as the Director of Evaluation for the Perseus Project (a digital library devoted to classical culture) and served for two years as the General Editor of Hypertext Publications for the Association of Computing Machinery. He was the Conference Chair for ACM Digital Library '96 Conference and is program chair for the 2002 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. He served as an at large member of the board of directors for the American Society for Information Science & Technology from 1998-2001.
David Millman, Managing Director of Technology, also serves as Director of Information Services R&D at Columbia's Academic Information Systems. David directs technology planning and operations for Columbia DKV as well as for digital library projects in the Columbia Libraries and for the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC). His recent work concerns scalable architectures for distributed services and for access control systems which span organizational boundaries.
David has developed and managed Internet-based services since the late 1980's, including public information systems, reference book databases, art museum collections, and electronic scholarly publications. A software developer since 1974, he has taught computer graphics and programming in higher education and in industry. David has been a member of the technical staff at Columbia University since 1980.
Frank Moretti has 15 years of experience in school-based leadership and is recognized as one of America’s leading theorist and practitioner in the use of digital technology in education. He was the Executive Director of the internationally known Dalton Technology Plan. He founded the software company Learn Technologies Interactive. He contributes extensively to national conferences and seminars on technology and education and is the author of many papers and articles on innovation in education, and the role of technology and, specifically multimedia, in education.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Columbia University (http://firstname.lastname@example.org/); Research Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is Co-Director, Institute for Learning Technologies, Teachers College (http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/); served as the Associate Headmaster of the Dalton School and as Executive Director of Dalton’s New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning which he co-founded in 1989; Director of Degree Program for New York University’s Liberal Arts School of Continuing Education; Director of New York University’s General Studies Program School of Continuing Education; Creator and Director of Teacher Training Program of Bloomfield College.
Christy Norman is the Research Director for EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) at Columbia University. She is responsible for carrying out the cost and usage evaluation study of online resources which is funded through the Mellon Foundation. The overall objective of this study is to investigate how online resources impact the academic community,libraries, and publishers.
Andrew Philpot is a research scientist at USC Information Sciences Institute. Prior to USC/ISI, he was at NASA Ames Research Center. He received his B.S.E. from Duke University in 1986 and his M.S. from Stanford University in 1990. His research interests include planning and information integration.
Samuel Popper is a graduate student in Computer Science at Columbia University. He is a Master's of Science candidate, and is affiliated with the Center for Research on Information Access. His research interests include lexical information extraction from Glossaries, and he has been affiliated with the Columbia University Definition Analysis Project.
Professor Ross is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University. His research interests touch on various aspects of database systems, including query processing, query language design, data warehousing, and architecture-sensitive database system design. Professor Ross received his PhD from Stanford University. He has received several awards, including a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and an NSF Young Investigator award.
Michael Schober is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at the Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research. He received a Sc.B. in Cognitive Science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. He serves as associate editor for the multidisiciplianary journal Discourse Processes, and on the editorial boards of Spatial Cognition & Communication and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. His NSF-funded research has examined adaptive interfaces for collecting survey data from users, how listeners comprehend disfluent speech, and dialog models for natural language interfaces. In ongoing work he studies variability in how people understand ordinary words, perspective-taking in language use, and remote musical collaboration.
John Scialdone is a senior metadata specialist with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University. John has an M.S. in Meteorology and most recently worked with Raytheon Systems Co. in Lanham, Maryland on metadata management for the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information Systems (EOSDIS).
Ju-Ling Shih, from Taiwan, is a Teachers College Ed. D student in the Communication and Education field specialized in instructional technology design and analysis. Teaching and working experiences reside in the field of journalism, television productions, and media studies. Current research projects include the development of web-based higher education programs for English as Foreign Language students, and the evaluation for database interface design from the user and usability aspect.
Mariko Silver is a Technology Policy Specialist in the Office of the Executive Vice Provost, Columbia University. As a Technology Policy Specialist, Ms. Silver is responsible for providing analyses and recommendations for research initiatives and projects, particularly related to technology transfer, but including digital media, science and technology policy, and interdisciplinary projects. Ms. Silver was formerly the Manager of Business Development for Quest Media, a Thai multi-media publishing company in Bangkok, and Associate Director of Programmes and Planning for the global digital communications forum GAP21, a project of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Wolfson College, Oxford University. Ms. Silver has also worked in the United Nations Secretariat, Office of the Focal Point for Women. Ms. Silver holds an MSc. in Science and Technology Policy from the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK and a B.A. in History from Yale University.
Dagobert Soergel is professor at the College of Information Studies,University of Maryland, where he teaches in the areas of knowledge organization, information retrieval, and thesaurus construction (since1970). He holds a Masters in mathematics and physics and a PhD in political science, both from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is best known for his textbooks Indexing Languages and Thesauri: Constructionand Maintenance (1974) and Organizing Information (1985), which received the Best Information Science Book Award in 1986. Recently he guided the development of the Alcohol and Other Drug Thesaurus (3rd edition, 2000), for which he has developed software that produces both the print and the Web version.. In 1997 he received the highest award of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), the Award of Merit. He is currently involved in the development of a joint Harvard and Stanford Business Thesaurus and in the MALACH project(click here )
Peter Sommer is the Director of the Institute for Technology for Teaching and Learning at the Teachers College at Columbia University. He is also affiliated with the Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning project at the University of Oxford. TALL is combining research into online learning with large-scale course development. The research underpinning these courses has led to a distinctive Oxford approach - learning resources in a rich mix of media types supported by intensive interaction with tutors and other students.
Sue Stendebach currently serves as a Program Manager in the Digital Government Research Program, on a one-year assignment from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. Sue’s primary objective during her NSF assignment is to build an environmental component to the Digital Government Program, specifically involving EPA and other environmentally-oriented government programs as partners. In so doing, Sue is in the planning stages of a workshop to develop a research agenda related to innovative information technologies as tools for further scientific global change research and policy decision-making, to be held in Summer of 2002. In addition to work on global change IT research, Sue will be hosting an e-rulemaking workshop, and participate in hosting workshops on preservation of digital objects, responding to unexpected events, motion imagery innovations, and social impacts of IT on government institution decision-making.
In Sue’s capacity at EPA, she served as the Chief of the Stratospheric Protection Branch in the Office of Atmospheric Programs, supervising the development and implementation of regulations to protect stratospheric ozone and mitigate ozone depletion. Prior to her EPA career, Sue worked as Legislative Assistant to Senator Bob Graham in the areas of environment, energy and transportation, and for Governor Mark White of Texas in the environment and energy issue areas.
Sue holds a Masters degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin, and a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Salvatore Stolfo is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. He specializes in parallel/distributed processing for Machine Learning (or alternatively click here), Intelligent Information Systems, Knowledge Discovery in Databases and Data Mining with particular application to Financial Information Systems, and Intrusion Detection Systems. He recently co-chaired the KDD 2000 event.
Surabhan Temiyabutr is a recent M.S. graduate in Computer Science from Columbia University. He is programming and designing the interface used by the project. The interface work is a continuation of his project as a graduate research assistant. He is also a clinical information services developer in the field of Medical Informatics, and works with Professor Steven Feiner on user interfaces for the Digital Government Research Center.
John Weiner is the Director of the National Energy Information Center, Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Weiner is responsible for information dissemination, publications preparation, and media services. He also participates in strategic planning and customer focus activities.After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Guinea, he joined theDepartment of Health, Education, and Welfare, holding several positions on the planning and evaluation staff and in the immediate office of the secretary. Before coming to the Energy Information Administration, he developed and installed the Federal Energy Administration's principal project tracking and management information system and served as the Department of Energy's Deputy Executive Secretary. Mr. Weiner has chaired the Federal Publishers Committee and has served on the Depository Library Council and the Association of Public Data Users' board of directors. He is currently a member of the Office of Management and Budget's FedStats Task Force.
Jane Weintrop is the Head of Electronic Data Services at Columbia University. She is also affiliated with the Empire State Data Center, and was formerly a member of the Faculty Executive Committee at the University at Buffalo Libraries. Additionally, Jane is a Committee Member for the International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST) Conference, 2002.
Jane Winland is the Director of the Social Science Libraries at Columbia University. She is also a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Nominating Committee. Jane was recently involved with the Second Symposium on Reference in the 21st Century, which was hosted by the Columbia University Libraries and involved over ninety librarians from eleven academic libraries.
Center for International Earth Science Information Network. Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences. The center specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
Kate Wittenberg is Director of the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC) and Managing Director, Columbia Digital Knowledge Ventures. Kate serves as project director for the electronic publications Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO), Columbia Earthscape, and the Gutenberg-e online history project, and is also developing online curriculum projects in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, and medicine. Kate's work focuses in particular on the development of digital scholarly and educational content, sustainable business plans for online scholarly publications, digital intellectual property rights management, and the evaluation of use and costs of scholarly and educational digital resources.
Before coming to Columbia’s electronic publishing projects, Kate held the position of Editor in Chief at the Columbia University Press, where she acquired the Press’s lists in history and political science as well as directing the editorial department. Kate worked at the Oxford University Press as assistant history editor before joining Columbia University Press.
Laura Zadoff, from Argentina, is a M.A. student in Instructional Technology and Media program at Teachers College. Her interests and experience focus on analyzing technology for teaching and learning -simulation and database interface - and designing instructional materials for online learning environments and museum exhibitions. Current works include evaluating different educational technology projects and teaching a distance learning professional development course for teachers in Latin America.
She graduated early from Rice University, in Houston, TX, with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Prior to coming to Columbia as Project Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Executive Vice Provost, she interned in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs at the Pentagon and in the Public Affairs/Public Diplomacy section of the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. Prior to studying at Rice, she attended high school at the American Community School of Athens, Greece. she plans to pursue a Master's Degree in International Relations and European Affairs.
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